Shipping A Motorcycle To Ireland

There are a number of reasons for shipping a motorcycle to Ireland and booking the transport through Cheap Motorcycle Shipping services.  Maybe your parents came to the US from there and you’ve always wanted to explore the land of your ancestors on two wheels.  Or may you’ve planned the vacation of a lifetime and want to cruise the Irish countryside on your bike. Whatever the reason, we’re here to ensure that it arrives at the Port of Dublin safe and secure so that you can enjoy your experience.

How does shipping a motorcycle to Ireland differ from shipping it in the US?

There is a significant difference between domestic and international motorcycle transport in that you are shipping it overseas rather than within the boundaries of the US.  When you compare shipping your motorcycle domestically to internationally, shipping your motorcycle overseas involves a more complicated process.  Transporting your bike to any location in the US is relatively simple.  For instance, your bike is picked up at a specified location and delivered to its intended destination. The evergreen beauty of the country is best seen when cruising on your motorcycle.

Conversely, when you ship your bike internationally, you and the transport company must obey Ireland’s import laws.  Furthermore, you are required to pay all import duties and taxes before the motorcycle can be transported overseas.  The bike is delivered to the shipping port, loaded onto a transatlantic container ship, and then delivered to the Port of Dublin.  At that point, it is taken by ground transport to the destination you’ve specified when booking the shipment of your motorcycle. Though there are a few formalities to complete, our shipping agents will be able to handle it on your behalf.

How much will it cost to ship my motorcycle to Ireland?

At Cheap Motorcycle Shipping, we have extensive experience and expertise when it comes to shipping a motorcycle to Ireland.  There are a number of factors that we take into consideration when calculating the cost of overseas transport.  When budgeting for the international shipment of a motorcycle, you can expect it to cost from $1,000 on the low end to as much as $2,000 on the high end.  A lot of this depends on the transport company you’ve selected and the following details or factors:

  • duties and taxes
  • fuel costs and related travel fees
  • motorcycle specs including age and condition, make and model, size, and total shipping distance
  • time of year the bike is being shipped
  • total weight of the bike as well as additional items shipped with it (usually applies to crated and enclosed transport)
  • transport services selected (crated, door-to-door, open-air, port-to-port, etc.)

Furthermore, once your bike arrives at Dublin’s port of entry, it must clear customs.  We’ll simplify the process by preparing the necessary documents for you.  The customs agents will need to see your photo ID along with dock receipts, proof of ownership and registration, and title. If you are unable to collect it at the port, we’ll arrange to have it picked up as we have a large network of shipping agent globally.

What preparation is required when shipping a motorcycle to Ireland?

When transporting your bike overseas, Cheap Motorcycle Shipping suggests that you prepare it for the trip in two stages.  In other words, prepare the inside of the motorcycle first and then the outside.  We’ve broken down the preparation process as follows:

Preparing the inside or your bike – address any mechanical issues by taking the bike to a trusted mechanic.  If you’re unable to do this, document the problems so whoever is transporting your bike is aware of these issues.  Additionally, make sure that:

  • all leaks have been reported or resolved
  • the gas tank is no more than 1/4 full
  • the tires are properly inflated

Preparing the outside of your bike – first and foremost, document the condition of your motorcycle.  This will help you avoid any problems should you have to file a claim for damages.  Then do the following:

  • Remove all accessories and loose items such as exterior audio equipment, GPS systems, luggage rack, removable mirrors, saddle bags, and anything else that could be lost or sustain damage in transit.
  • Thoroughly wash your motorcycle and remove all heavy dirt, road grime, soil deposits (especially on the tires and wheels)

Following the above recommendations will help to ensure that your motorcycle arrives in Ireland in the same condition as when you last saw it.  Remember, our goal is to provide you the most pleasant shipping experience possible.  For more information regarding shipping a motorcycle to Ireland, we encourage you to contact Cheap Motorcycle Shipping at your earliest convenience. Our business representatives will be willing to assist you with your requirements.